it not just the people who are attacking

Oprah tearfully says Gayle King ‘not doing well’ in midst of Kobe Bryant controversy

NEW YORK Talking about her best friend recent troubles got Oprah Winfrey emotional on Friday.

Winfrey started choking up during an appearance on with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager while talking about the backlash against her BFF, Gayle King, over a recent interview.

## ## is not doing well, Winfrey said as she teared up. is not doing well because she now has death threats and has to now travel with security. She is feeling very much attacked. has been majorly criticized for asking former basketball player Lisa Leslie about rape allegations made against the late NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Bryant and his 13 year old daughter Gianna were part of a group of nine people who were killed last month in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

On Thursday, King expressed anger at her This Morning bosses for releasing what she felt was a and of context clip of her interview with Leslie.

Winfrey backed up her best friend of several decades on Friday.

not doing well and feels that she was put in a really terrible position, Winfrey said. that interview had already ran and in the context of the interview, everyone seemed fine, including Lisa Leslie. said she understands why people are upset based on the clip, but added that King slept in two days. can criticize anything, but the misogynistic vitriol to the point where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone Winfrey said, trailing off. it not just the people who are attacking. It the other people who feel like they can take that message and do whatever they want. News said in a statement Thursday that King a thoughtful, wide ranging interview with Leslie and that the clip that was posted not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made, a spokesperson said in the statement.

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